At least three people have been killed while 15 houses, including the palace of the traditional ruler of Aborshi Izombe Community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo, have been razed.
Witnesses blamed soldiers on reprisal for the incident.
The soldiers were said to be angered by the killing of two of their colleagues by youths of Izombe.
A witness said youths protesting the killing of a young man identified as Chukwunoso Iherue, a native of Umuokwu Izombe, Oguta LGA, was suspected to have been killed by soldiers.
In protest, they were said to have killed two soldiers.
Another source in the community told our correspondent that the soldiers and the youths were engaged in supremacy tussle over oil bunkering in the community.
The source said, “I was informed that two military men were killed and their vehicle set ablaze after the military killed one young man in Umuokwu Izombe, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo, this morning.”
“The problem arose from misunderstanding between the boys and soldiers over crude oil bunkering. Lately Izombe, Eziorsu, Osobod communities in Oguta have been notorious for bunkering operation. Civilians ad security men are all involved in the illegal business.
“The soldiers were said to have killed one Chukwunoso Iherue before the youths fought back leading to the military personnel storming the palace of HRH Eze Pius Muforo of Aborshi Izombe Community, where they were attacked.
“Latest information is that soldiers have burnt down the palace of HRH Eze Muforo and two others now in Umuokwu Izombe.
“The soldiers attacked the community in 18 Hilux vans carrying petrol and three war tanks. My cousin living next to our compound told me that her house was burnt down after which the soldiers went and burn down Chief C A Onyeukwu’s buildings.”
Spokesman of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Capt Joseph Akubo, when contacted said he had not got a clear picture of what actually happened.
He promised to get back but had not done so as at the time this report was filed.
2023: Atiku, Saraki, Wike, Okowa, Obaseki are viable presidential candidates – PDP’s Ehilebo
Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President, and Bukola Saraki, ex-Senate President, have been described as viable presidential candidates.
Anthony Ehilebo, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Director of New Media, disclosed this while speaking exclusively with DAILY POST.
Ehilebo said Atiku, who was PDP’s last presidential candidate, and Saraki have been working towards occupying Nigeria’s highest political seat.
He disclosed that both PDP chieftains have well-structured machinery in place and quietly working towards their aspirations.
Despite their silent presidential aspirations, Ehilebo noted that the final decision on who emerges would be the collective decision of the PDP.
According to Ehilebo: “Atiku is a viable candidate but he may just be a victim of circumstance that is beyond his control or that of anybody.
“Saraki is also a viable candidate and he has been working on becoming the party’s flag bearer. You know the thing with this is that these guys have been working towards becoming the president; it didn’t just start today.
“So, they have their machineries on ground and have been oiling them. But, there is the greater machinery of the party that would have its final say.”
However, both Atiku and Saraki are yet to publicly declare their intentions to run for the presidency in 2023.
While his presidential campaign posters have been sighted, Atiku, however, denied being responsible for them.
Ehilebo also pointed out that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu, and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State are all viable presidential candidates.
He added: “The PDP both North and South has very viable Presidential candidates and with the primaries, it will be up to the people to decide who appears on the ballot.
“Now, we have Wike, his is a viable presidential candidate; he has been supporting both party members in the North and South. He practically takes care of the party’s runnings.
“Then, we have an Okowa who meets the demand of being from the Southsouth and also an Igbo. We also have an Obaseki; who may not be a problem if put on the ballot paper.
“From the Southeast, we have Ugwuanyi, who has experienced relative stability. And if we go to the Southwest, out star boy is there; Makinde. We are not lacking; of you see, these people cuts across all regions.
“In all of these, the party would take the final decision and right now they are trying to get one position or the other and shortly they would come up with something.
“PDP has candidates across both sides of the Niger.”
Bola Tinubu returns to Nigeria, opens up on London trip
Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader has finally returned to Nigeria.
The former Lagos Governor landed in the state Friday evening after months of medical sojourn.
Tinubu was in London, United Kingdom, for surgery on his right knee and “rigorous post-surgery physiotherapy,” according to his media office.
A statement issued said contrary to rumour, the politician underwent no other surgical procedures and contemplates none in the future.
It noted that Tinubu’s recuperation “has been without complication and ahead of the schedule by the attending surgeon”.
The update assured that Tinubu has fully recovered from the knee surgery and is committed to doing his part in advancing the cause of good governance.
The APC stalwart specially thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his visit and wishes.
He also hailed the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, governors, party leaders, Northern Reps Caucus, Lagos House of Assembly members and others.
Tinubu appreciated his friends, associates, supporters and well wishers who have been with him in prayers and supplications to Allah.
“Asiwaju Tinubu thanks you all”, the statement added.
Recall that the mobilization for the Jagaban of Borgu’s presidential ambition has commenced.
Insecurity: Archbishop calls Buhari to act swiftly to save Nigerians
The Archbishop of Kwara Province of Anglican Communion, Israel Afolabi Amoo, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly to save Nigerians from a total collapse of the nation’s economy.
He observed that the security challenges coupled with the farmers/herders clashes, ethnic clashes, banditry, and kidnapping called for proactive measures by the government of the day to save Nigerians from the hardship they are going through.
Speaking at the 22nd provincial meeting held at the Diocese of Jebba, Kwara, the Archbishop noted that the country’s economic landscape is on the brink following the security challenges in the country.
He stressed that matters had now gone from bad to worse, stressing that never in the country’s socio-political history has the shadow of failed nationhood been so palpable.
He called on the president to rise to the occasion and speak up in the face of threats to national cohesion arising from inflammatory remarks and drumbeats of war from separatist groups in some parts of the country.
He explained, “The skirmishes which we have been seeing in some parts of the South West, involving the indigenes and settler Fulani herdsmen is a pointer that the crisis may fester longer than expected.”
He lamented that the silence of President Buhari even in the face of the tragic assault on public peace and constitutional sanity gives the impression that there are people in “this country who own Nigeria more than the rest.”
The Archbishop enjoined all Nigerians to look unto God for salvation and urged everyone to embrace peace in accordance with the theme; “Look to Jesus And Live”.
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